Friends, family and co-workers pitched in to move Jeff and Ellie Keaser back to Greenville. (Ryan Berry photo)
Ag Luncheon and Awards
Francis Byers (center) is joined by Director David Daniels and representatives from the Ohio House, Ohio Senate and Darke County Chamber of Commerce. (Ryan Berry photo)
A Life Without Substances
One man is finding a life with substance can be had without substances. (Bob Robinson photo)
Letter of Intent
Haleigh Luce shows off a special congratulations “cake” for her college signing event… a plateful of cupcakes covered by a ball and glove. With her, left to right, are her father Allen Luce, “Grandma Pat,” and mom Tracey. (Bob Robinson photo)
Sep 11, 2012
Lyn Bliss of Greenville served as and Alternate Delegate. She is among the approximately 650 members of the NFRW who played a significant role in convention activities, including as delegates or alternate delegates, members of key convention committees, convention officers, and featured convention speakers.
“These conventions are a time for all of those attending to get to know their candidates, hear their life experiences, their ideas, their goals and vision for the future. It gives us all information to bring home to our friends and neighbors. There are now thousands of citizens who know more about their candidates than they could ever have learned by reading about them. We have not only heard and seen them, we have also heard and seen those who have dealt with the candidate through life experiences,” said Bliss regarding the experience.
Bliss also attended daily morning breakfast events held for the Ohio delegation and various evening activities, including a beach party, harbor cruise, and an evening dinner/dance.
Bliss is First Vice-president of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW), serves on the Legislative Committee and is a board member for the National Federation of Republican Women.
For more information about the NFRW, visit www.nfrw.org. For more information about the OFRW, visit www.ohfrw.com.
Heating experts say your furnace should be inspected once a year, usually before temperatures take a dip. But, don’t wait too long or you may find yourself on a long waiting list. Having a certified technician look at your furnace will help make sure it runs more efficiently and could save you money in the long run by finding minor problems before they become serious ones. A typical inspection includes cleaning the blower and filter system, including belts and pulleys, as well as replacement of the oil filter and examining the regulators and other controls.
More than 1.2 million inquiries and 4,200 complaints were made to BBBs across the US and Canada last year about heating & air conditioning companies. Your BBB offers tips for finding a trustworthy heating expert:
* Check with family and friends for recommendations. If, they’re happy with companies they use, most likely you’ll be too.
* Shop around and get several quotes. Don’t settle for the lowest bid.
* Consider a company’s reputation and years of service.
* Make sure the company is licensed, bonded and insured.
* Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to inquire about something if you don’t understand.
* Get a written contract with details of all the work to be completed. Don’t sign anything until all blanks are completed. And, make sure warranties and guarantees are covered in the contract.
* Never pay up front. A legitimate, trustworthy company won’t do business that way.
There are a few things you can do to help reduce your bills and increase your furnace’s life. For instance, change your filter and keep your windows and doors properly caulked to keep the cold air out. Remember, don’t get burned when it comes to your furnace, get it checked and inspected early. There are more than 100 local BBB Accredited heating businesses and your BBB can provide a list of these businesses. Contact your BBB by visiting www.bbb.org or calling (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301. It can also provide you with business reviews on companies you’re considering.
Sep 10, 2012
According to Julie Strait, “DCCA counts itself very fortunate to be in a community that values the arts, and is sincerely thankful for the generosity of the Harry D. Stephens Memorial trust fund and its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community through the arts.”
The 2012/2013 season officially started in July with a Barbecue and Blues fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course, however, Sept. 8 marked the beginning of the Artists Series programming with guitar maestro Tommy Emmanuel at St. Clair Memorial Hall. Visit DCCA’s website at www.CenterForArts.net for more information and a complete listing of events.
Distributions from the Harry D. Stephens Memorial trust fund are made in June and December each year and only the interest income from the fund can be distributed for charitable, educational, scientific, literary and/or religious purposes. Trust Fund Committee members include Peter Hemer, Jennifer Bish, Dr. Michael Fourman, Alan Greiner, and Dianna Wagner. Application forms to receive funds from the Memorial Fund can be obtained from the Darke County Chamber of Commerce Office, 622 S. Broadway in Greenville. Completed applications are to be returned to the law firm of Flinn and Muntean, L.P.A. at 429 Memorial Drive. The deadline for getting applications returned for the June distribution is April 1, and Oct. 1 for the December distribution.
To retain the status of a registered tax preparer, individuals must complete a minimum of 15 continuing education credits (CPEs) per year. RTRPs are also governed under stringent rules set forth by the IRS.
With the beginning of its 14th year in business, Rainbow Accounting Services, LLC and its staff have over a decade of tax experience and over 20 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience. They offer small business accounting and bookkeeping services, including payroll, tax planning and financial analysis-both personal and business.
If you need assistance with any taxation issue, you should seek the help of a tax professional. As a professional tax preparer, member of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) and President of the Ohio Chapter of NATP, Melissa Bowman, owner of Rainbow Accounting Services, LLC, 8917 N. St. Rt. 121, can assist you with a review of your tax history and answer questions on how taxation issues may impact your future. Please call the office, 937-448-6159, or email@example.com, for more information. Members of the National Association of Tax Professionals work at offices that assist over 11 million taxpayers with tax preparation and planning. The average NATP member has been in the tax business for over 20 years and holds a tax/financial designation and/or a college degree. NATP has more than 22,000 members nationwide. Members include individual tax preparers, enrolled agents, certified public accountants, accountants, attorneys and financial planners. As a nonprofit professional association, NATP serves professionals working in all areas of tax practice through professional tax education, tax research and tax office supplies. The national headquarters, located in Appleton, WI, employees over 50 staff members. For more information, visit www.natptax.com.
Sep 9, 2012
TobyMac first found success in 1987 with DC Talk. In 2000, he embarked on a solo career and has had a string of successful albums.
Jamie Grace can thank YouTube and TobyMac for propelling her career. It was on her YouTube channel that she was discovered by the legendary Christian artist. She has since gone on to score a #1 hit with her first single “Hold Me,” with background vocals by TobyMac. She also earned the 2012 Dove Award for New Artist of the Year.
Shonlock, an urban rock/hip hop artist from Atlanta, GA, made his debut in 2001 as a member TobyMac’s Diverse City Band. In 2010 he signed with Arrow-Records/Universal and released Where Never Begins.
The City Harmonic is a Dove Award nominated and three time Covenant Award (GMA Canada) winning band, including New Artist of the Year, Recorded Song of the Year and Modern Worship Song of the Year. This Canadian Christian rock band was formed in 2009.
Mike Guzzardo has dedicated the entirety of his energies to traveling the United States and the world inspiring people to a deeper commitment to Christ. Mike is a frequent speaker at conventions and conferences such as “Acquire the Fire” with over 150,000 in annual attendance. He has also proven to be a sought after speaker for retreats, camps and churches both domestically and internationally.
While the concert is always a big draw for Illumination, the festival has much more going on throughout the day. Plus, the Illumination Committee has added a second day to this year’s event - Day One.
Searching for a way to get more youth groups involved in the Illumination Festival, committee members formed Illumination Day One. Youth groups are encouraged to kick off their fall youth program during Illumination. Youth that don’t have a youth group are more than welcome to attend. The festival will host a special program on Sept. 15, 8 p.m., at the Darke County Fair Youth Building. Mike Guzzardo will be speaking and regional band, I Am Victorious, will provide the worship music. There will also be a youth drama presented. The cost for Illumination Day One is $5 per person or five cans of food per person. For more information on this event, visit dayone.illuminationfestival.org. Youth groups can come just for the evening or camping is available.
Illumination Festival continues on Sunday, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m., with a special worship service in the Youth Building. Guzzardo has agreed to minister in this service also. Providing the music will be New Creation.
Following the worship service, activities will include the traditional Coffeehouse with great regional bands, air soft, inflatables, volleyball and a corn hole tournament.
The corn hold tournament begins at noon with registration beginning at 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per team and McDonald’s Gift Certificates will be awarded to first through third places. Register the day of the event or call (937) 670-9255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This year’s Illumination Coffeehouse begins at approximately 11 a.m. and will include Chris Cantrell, Levi Monk, I Am Victorious, Radiant and Live 4:1.
The Coffeehouse entertainment will lead up to the opening of the Grandstand at 3 p.m. with the first band performing on the main stage at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are required for the Illumination Concert featuring TobyMac. Ticket prices are $25 for grandstand, $30 for track and reserved and $50 for VIP tickets (in front of the stage and available from iTickets only). Tickets are $5 more on the day of the show. As a reminder, grandstand tickets do not allow for admittance to the track. Only reserved, track and VIP tickets will get concert goers on the track. Tickets are available at Bread of Life Christian Bookstore, and the Darke County Fairgrounds, in Greenville; Union City Christian Book Store, Union City; Trinity Gifts and Books, Richmond, IN, and iTickets.com. (Reserved tickets are only available through Bread of Life and iTickets.)
Ohio Magazine editors selected Greenville because it embodies all of the qualities and characteristics that make Ohio hometowns so special: family-friendly events, inviting green spaces, a variety of shops and restaurants as well as an amazing sense of community.
Greenville's amenities create a big-city feel combined with a welcoming small-town atmosphere. Bustling downtown shops and restaurants, beautiful parks, rich history and attractive neighborhoods create the type of place that residents are proud to call "home."
In this special collector’s issue, Ohio Magazine also recognizes four other communities as 2012-2013 Ohio’s Best Hometowns: Findlay, Gallipolis, Grove City and Peninsula. The issue will hit the newsstand on October 23.
To determine the honorees, Ohio Magazine solicited nominations and conducted site visits across the state. The editors evaluated the nominees in six categories — Community Spirit, Education, Entertainment, Health and Safety, Business Environment and Culture and Heritage — to help finalize their selections.
Each of the Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometowns will be featured in the November, January and July issues of Ohio Magazine, showing readers unique places to visit and ways to enjoy each location. The Best Hometowns are encouraged to mark this special honor with celebrations throughout the year. Ohio Magazine’s seventh annual Ohio’s Best Hometown honor marks the success of these five communities in these categories.
The Goodwill Stores Drive to Victory is in its 6th season with WHIO-TV and is a friendly competition each week between two local high schools that battle off the field in a donation drive benefiting Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. The school collecting the most weight will receive a $200 scholarship from Mid-USA Credit Union. At the conclusion of the season the school that has collected the most weight during their Drive to Victory week will receive an additional $700 scholarship.
Donations will be accepted at the Goodwill trailer parked at the high school stadium parking lot Sept. 10-14, Monday, noon to 7 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Goodwill attendants will accept donations of clothing, household items and computers. Receipts for the tax deductible donation will be available from the attendant.
On Friday, the trailer will be picked up and weighed. The school that has collected the most weight will be announced on Friday night during Touchdown 7.
(Winning tip): Computers, accessories and books add weight. Also, cars, trucks, boats and RVs can also be donated and counted toward the school’s weight. Call 228-AUTO to donate or find out more details on how a vehicle donation can be made.
Since 2007, the Goodwill Stores Drive to Victory campaign has generated more than 460,000 pounds of clothing and household items along with more than 40 vehicles from around the Miami Valley. These items are sold in stores and at the auto auction, with proceeds supporting the mission of helping people with disabilities and other needs here in the community. For more information about Drive to Victory, visit the website at gesmv.org.
The Board of Directors of both agencies agreed to pursue a merger of the two entities with a goal of completion by the end of the 2012 calendar year. A management agreement was implemented on July 10.
This agreement incorporates the administration of all clinical services and organizational finances in Darke and Miami Counties.
The Mental Health Clinic has provided mental health services to Darke County residents since 1972, including psychiatric services, therapy, and community based CPST (Community Psychiatric Support Treatment) services (case management). The agency may be contacted at 548-1635. Darke County Recovery Services, 548-6842, has provided substance abuse treatment and prevention in Darke County since 1974. These agencies have historically worked together to provide quality care to individuals and families with common problems. The past relationships make this partnership an ideal match. This new venture provides increased benefits for clients including case of access to mental health care and substance abuse treatment, multiple service options and improved financial health for the agencies.
Both agencies recently expanded their services to include neighboring counties. In 2001 Darke County Recovery Services began providing care in Preble County at the Marie Dwyer Recovery Center. The Mental Health Clinic expanded to include Miami County in 2010. Darke County Recovery Services and The Mental Health Clinic remain dedicated to serving Darke and Miami Counties in the most effective and efficient way possible, with quality services in a friendly environment. The agencies will use this opportunity to improve their service delivery system and better meet the needs of the clients they serve.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Nissan Infinti driven by Travis Hery, 23, of Columbus, IN was eastbound on State Route 47 just west of White Coppess Road. Hery's vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a ditch and culvert causing the vehicle to overturn several times. The vehicle came to rest in a cornfield.
Mr. Hery and the rear passenger, Justin Grant (21) of West Lafayette, Indiana were transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, where they are both listed in stable condition.
The Darke County Sheriff's Office Reconstruction Team also responded to the scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office, alcohol is suspected.
Sep 8, 2012
Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2000 Buick LeSabre, driven by Samuel D. Yagle, 79, Versailles Ohio was eastbound on Childrens Home Bradford Road crossing US RT 127. Yagle's vehicle traveled into the path of the northbound 2006 maroon Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Michael R. Roth, 54, Englewood. Roth struck Yagle's vehicle causing both vehicle's to travel of the right side of the roadway. Roth was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest in the side ditch.
Yagle was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Greenville Township Rescue, where he was treated and released. Yagle was the only occupant in the vehicle. Roth was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, where he is listed in critical condition.
The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction team also responded to the scene for further investigation.
This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
For more information on His Home For Children go to www.hishomeforchildren.com. There are many children needing adoptive families, as well as sponsorship.
To show support to this Orphanage, Smith Merchants and Quilterie will be hosting a pillowcase event Sept 14, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. or Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to make pillowcases. Everyone is invited to join in - bring your machine and fabrics, or purchase fabric the day of the event and make a difference in the lives of these children.
Can’t make it those two days? That’s ok, just bring finished pillowcases into the store, 109 W. George St. in Arcanum, before Sept. 19 and they will be included in our gift. Pillowcases are easy to make and don’t take a lot of time. So that the insides of the pillowcase be as neat as the outside, we ask that the seams be serged or that you use a French (enclosed) seam. Patterns can be found on the web at www.allpeoplequilt.com or stop by the store and pick one up. As a bonus for those who help us with this project, Smith’s coffeehouse is offering a free drink to anyone showing them a pillowcase they made and are donating. Won’t you please consider helping us put a smile on these children’s faces? For more information please call Smith Merchants and Quilterie, 692-6300.
The free workshop will include guidance on how to grow and expand your business in a challenging economy, find new markets for your existing products or services, get the most out of your advertising dollars and ultimately position your business for success. Marketing for Business Growth will be presented by Audrey Gutman of Behr Design Advertising & Marketing. This workshop will be held in North Hall, Room #511 at the Edison Community College Main Campus located at 1973 Edison Drive in Piqua, Ohio. For further information or to register please contact the Edison SBDC at 937-381-1525.
There is no better way to enjoy an afternoon of channel surfing between televised football games than from the comfort of a genuine La-Z-Boy recliner. Donors must be 18 or older to win.
The Darke County Days La-Z-Boy giveaway is sponsored by Francis Furniture, 1410 Wagner Ave. in Greenville. For more information contact Dana Puterbaugh at (937) 997-2199, email@example.com.
Each patron is allotted 120 minutes a day on the computer. This time can be taken all at once or spread out throughout the day. They can just sign themselves in and out and come back later if they’d like - the computer keeps track of their account. This feature allows people to check their emails or Facebook more than once.
Anyone over the age of four can obtain a library card free of charge by signing up at the Circulation Desk. Parents or guardians must accompany kids under 18. Proof of a current address is necessary. For a lost card $1 is charged.
In some cases a fine may be charged to a patron’s account which prevents them from using a library card. Circulation Supervisor Jenny Sullivan is happy to work with anyone in this situation. Just see her for arrangements. Sometimes a patron chooses to work off the fine by doing some volunteer work in the Library. The Board of Trustees decided to purchase the system from EnvisionWare after careful consideration of price and quality. The purchase was made possible from generous gifts from several donors: the Friends of the Library, the Harry D. Stephens Trust, Linda Kinninger, and John & Beth Vehre. Many thanks for their support.
Sep 7, 2012
Autaum will be competing in the Miss Pre-Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages 7-19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual and formal wear. Autaum will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s Cincinnati judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.
If Autaum were to win, she will represent Cincinnati and the surrounding communities at the National Competition to take place in Orlando, FL. Autaum wishes to thank the following businesses who are sponsoring her for this pageant: Arnett’s Consignments, Flory Landscaping, New Madison Computer Repair and Recreation Center, Huffman Auction Service, and a special thanks to the individuals of the New Madison Police Department for their support.
Gunder is a published historian and author of several books including “The Secret Town.” The program is the first of a series offering hints and guidelines on researching your own family history.
Euchre Parties have convened on the first and third Fridays September through May, 1 p.m., at the historical house. This is open to the public, no reservations needed, just come and enjoy the afternoon.
Darke County Center for the Arts will host a Coffee House Series at the Historical Building on Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Tickets for the evening, which will present a Russian Duo, are $10 and available for purchase at the Ben Franklin store in Arcanum. Refreshments for purchase will include Russian Desserts. The society members have started working toward the annual Christmas Bazaar set for November. Any gently used Christmas decorations and items donated are always greatly appreciated for the event. Items may be left on either the front or back door at any time. Items will be taken inside daily.
DARKE COUNTY - Judge Julie L. Monnin, Darke County Municipal Court, announces a scam that has been reported to the court by several citizens of Darke County.
The court has been notified that unidentified persons are contacting citizens by telephone and claiming that they owe money to Darke County Municipal Court and if a credit card payment is not made immediately, a bench warrant will issued for their arrest.
Please be advised that if you receive a telephone call of this nature, notify the court immediately, 547-7340. The court can then verify if you have an outstanding balance due or if you were the recipient of this scam. Do not give credit card information or any other identifying information to unknown callers.
For more information, contact Judge Julie L. Monnin, Darke County Municipal Court, Darke County Courthouse, 504 South Broadway, Suite 7, Greenville, OH 45331, 547-7340.
“It is with mixed emotions that I make the following statement:
I have chosen to accept the position of Assistant Finance Director for the City of Marysville, Ohio. I was contacted by Marysville’s Administration and requested to submit a resume. After meeting with representatives from Marysville on two separate occasions, I have made the decision to resign as Greenville City Auditor at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2012.
In June 1980, I accepted a job offer from my predecessor, mentor and friend, Marvella Fletcher. Little did I know, the ‘job’ that I accepted would turn into a career. More than a career, my city service has been a passion!
In March 1998, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to further my service to the city and was appointed as City auditor and have been elected to that position since. I have had the opportunity to work with fantastic people, many who share my passion. I would like to particularly thank past and present employees who have worked as a part of my team, you ARE my extended family and I wish each of you the very best in life!
According to the Ohio Revised Code, Mayor Bowers will need to appoint an Acting Auditor, following my resignation, until the time the Darke County Republican Party chooses a successor. I am very excited to accept different challenges while being able to serve the City of Marysville. To the citizens of Greenville, THANK YOU for the opportunity to serve you. It has been more meaningful to me than you will ever know. My best to all of you!”
Sep 6, 2012
Farmers may be eligible for the Emergency Loan if they are unable to obtain commercial credit from area lenders and meet the general FSA loan eligibility requirements. All loans must show debt repayment ability and be fully secured with pledged assets.
Darke County farmers have until April 15, 2013 to apply for the Emergency Loan. Applications may be obtained from the local Farm Service Agency office, located at the USDA Service Center, 1655 N. Barron St., Eaton. For more information, contact Peter P. Ferriell, 456-4211. Emergency Loan and other FSA program information may be found on the Farm Service Agency website, www.fsa.usda.gov or at your nearest FSA office.
Community Unity, which has been helping local residents for more than 20 years, gives financial assistance to those who qualify and includes assistance for utilities, rent, medical needs and emergency transportation.
Although Community Unity is located in the Grace Resurrection Community Center and both Christian ministries are similar in their desire to help persons in need, they are two separate organizations. Individuals, churches or organizations wanting more information on Community Unity, contact Jim Morehouse, 547-1557. Support is greatly appreciated and can be sent to Community Unity, PO Box 1064, Greenville, Ohio 45331.
Sep 5, 2012
Come and experience some of the latest engineering technology, visit their timeline from the past to present and join them in their celebration.
The farm safety training program will be comprised of inside classroom instruction followed by outside and hands-on applications with the instructors coming from Clark State Community College Fire Program. Emphasis this year will be placed on tractor roll-over, grain rescue, and entanglement in farm equipment. After completion of the program, Versailles FFA will donate a Liberty Rescue Grain Tube to the Versailles Fire and EMS Station. Participates will try out the rescue tube first hand as part of their training. Please RSVP to Dena Wuebker, 526-4427, ext. 3113, at Versailles High School or email Dena Wuebker at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 24 in order to secure the proper handouts and supplies.
Sep 4, 2012
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Grand Caravan driven by Latisha Bell, 25; Richmond, Ind. was driving eastbound when she went off the side of the roadway and struck a guardrail. Mrs. Bell’s vehicle over turned, went through a utility pole, and came to rest on its side. Mrs. Bell was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital were her condition is listed as stable.
DP&L was called to the scene due to live wires being down on the ground.
This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.
Tickets for The Children’s Theatre Club’s production of Seussical the Musical are now on sale. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, Seussical follows Horton the Elephant as he tries to save the people of Who, all the while sitting on Mayzie la Bird’s egg. Packed with some of Dr. Seuss’ most favorite characters along with energetic and touching tunes, Seussical offers enjoyment for people of all ages. Performance will be Sept. 7 and 8, 7 p.m. and Sept. 9, 3 p.m., at the Downtown Campus of EUM Church. Tickets prices are $5 each and can be purchased by calling 547-3360 or by emailing email@example.com.
Children’s Theatre Club is a new local organization that offers area youth the opportunity to perform and produce theatre productions. Membership is open to local students in kindergarten thru 12th grade. For more information about the organization and to find out about up upcoming productions, interested parties are welcome to contact us.
Seussical the Musical is being produced with the support of Greenville National Bank, Dave Knapp, Sutton’s Grocery, Countryside Bike Shop, EUM Church, Eikenberry’s Grocery, and Shawnee Prairie. To become a supporter of this children’s organization or to purchase a program ad, please contact 547-3360.
He also feels the need to give back to the lands and animals he paints by teaming up with several conservation groups – Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, The Rocky Mountain Foundation and the Three Valley Trust Organization - using his talents to help raise money and awareness to preserve the habitats that are in danger.
Combining his passion for creating art and protecting wildlife, Walden and his work reach a singular place. The artwork of Chris Walden vibrantly portrays the passion and beauty of the natural world. Viewers are challenged to experience the essence of the natural world in it’s most raw form. The exhibit will be displayed Saturdays in September (8-29), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
|Fortunate Son by Christopher B. Walden|
Sep 3, 2012
The obedience classes include puppy (12 weeks to five months), beginner, beginner novice, novice and open obedience. Conformation classes will be offered on Wednesday nights.
According to Barb Rhoades, director of obedience training, the “puppy and beginning obedience classes are designed to teach basic house manners, grooming and care of the dog, heeling, sit, down, stay and other commands.”
A new class, Beginner Novice, for clients who have completed beginner class and want to continue with training will be offered this year. The class is designed to review what they learned in beginner class and correct any training mistakes or difficulties that have arisen as well as teach the first steps to receiving an AKC degree called Beginner Novice.
Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations and participants must bring a copy of the dog’s vaccination records to registration. Puppies must have had their first two sets of vaccinations to enroll in puppy class. Veterinarians need to certify all vaccinations given at home or by a breeder. For information about obedience classes, call 548-0338, or 337-0292.
Director of Agility Charlotte Wisener states that dog agility classes will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays. Some include Introduction to Agility, Beginners, Intermediate Agility Class and Advanced Agility Class. Special classes are offered for distance training and start line stays. The Monday classes begin Sept. 17; Wednesday classes begin Sept. 19. Conformation Classes will begin Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m.
To pre-register for agility classes (required), call 692-5310.
Those bringing dogs to class are reminded to feed the dogs earlier in the day, rather than before class. Most classes use dog treats as training aids, so bring small, bite-sized soft treats.
The library is also offering the following workshops in September:
* StoryTime with Miss Chris will begin Sept. 4 and run for a six-week session. This preschool experience, for children ages 3-4, will be held 11 a.m. to noon, and will involve a variety of hand-on and storytelling activities. There is no charge as The Bradford Public Library provides this class as a service to the community.
* Reader’s Theatre and Book Signing with David Hughes, author of ‘Road to Glory’ will be held Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hughes, a Darke County native, is a former English teacher and basketball coach. He was named the Division III boys’ basketball AP Coach of the Year in 1991. Hughes is currently a sports writer for a local newspaper and now writes fiction full time. His new novel will be available for purchase at this time. If you like sports, drama, action and romance visit Reader’s Theatre, it will be quite entertaining.
* Do you want to learn more about GOOGLE? Do you wonder what all the hoopla is about? Do you want to learn how the apps in Google can make your life easier, more stress free and streamlined? Would you like to know what Google Chrome can do for your computer? Cherie Roeth, Library Director, will be holding two sessions - Sept. 13 will cover Google’s e-mail – and Sept. 27 will cover the Google Calendar; very easy to use and keep updated! Both sessions are FREE and will begin at 6 p.m. Sign-up is requested so that pamphlets can be made!
* GED classes will be held on Fridays in September. Anyone interested can contact the library with your name, address, and a phone where you can be reached. The GED Instructor will contact you personally and set a time for assessment or for instruction to begin. Over the past eight months, this program has been very successful and all of the library’s books, materials and equipment can be used for a successful classroom experience.
* Homeschooling parents and teachers please take note of this upcoming workshop on the “Uses of Interactive Whiteboards, Document Cameras, and Electronic Readers.” This introductory session will be held Sept. 15, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., and will include the new POLARIS patron website for ordering books on-line! The Bradford Public Library wants to needed to be successful in the Twenty-First Century. Learn to complement your instruction with the technology the library can offer, what the library has available and how the staff can help personalize your instruction. This is a free service for area communities.
* The Bradford Public Library Genealogy Club will hold its monthly meeting and “help” session Sept. 8, 11 a.m. Joan Cain and her husband, Bob, are very experienced in the area of family genealogies and can work with anyone in several methods of ancestral discoveries – The “By Foot” Method, By Print and Audiovisual Method, and the Internet Database Method– such as Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest. Bradford Public Library provides information and resources in printed, audio, electronic, and visual formats along with computer access, study room, a history room, community room, and special programs/events to patrons and the public throughout Darke and Miami counties and the Miami Valley region. Library hours are Monday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Bradford Public Library is located at 138 E. Main Street and staff may be reached at 448-2612 during regular hours.
Sep 2, 2012
VERSAILLES – The National FFA Organization recently announced that Versailles was named as one of the Top 10 Chapters. This is the first year for the organization to offer the Models of Excellence Award. Over 7,500 FFA Chapters are part of the National FFA Organization and at the convention Versailles FFA will have the opportunity to present a PowerPoint that highlights the activities of the chapter with the top chapter in the nation being announced. The award was based on the National FFA Chapter application that highlights the top nine activities of the chapter that fall under community, chapter and student development. The application was completed by Maddison Buschur and the award was under the leadership of 2011-12 Versailles FFA Chapter President William Borchers.
Maddison Buschur is shown with her parents Steve and Vicki after being announced the State winner in Ag Communications Proficiency Award, Maddison has now been named the top 4 in the nation.
Nick Rutschilling is shown with his parents Linda and Mark after being announced the State winner in Swine Placement Proficiency Award, Nick has now been named the top 4 in the nation.
BY RYAN BERRY
Artist Ann Lufkin presents an original painting of the late Gene Riegle and Arts Place to his widow, Martha Riegle. Joining Martha for the presentation were members of the Riegle Family. (Ryan Berry photo)
Sep 1, 2012
The Show Book lists classes and rules. The competition is open to any and all who wish to compete and there is no entry fee, with classes for Juniors and Youth as well as Adults.
Awards are made on the basis of cultural perfection, quality, cleanliness, maturity, trueness of type and conformance with Show Schedule. Exhibitors may enter as many classes as they wish but only one entry per class is allowed. Ribbons will be awarded for placings but there is no prize money offered. This competition is mostly for fun and education.
Entry forms for classes must be postmarked by Sept. 19. Check all class number to be entered on the entry form and mail the entry form to: Ohio Gourd Show Entry, c/o John Martin, 438 Sardinia-Mowrystown Rd., Sardinia, OH 45171 or email (by Sept. 20): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring entries to the Darke County Fairgrounds Coliseum after noon on Sept. 28 or before 11 a.m. on Sept. 29. Pick up entry tags and place your entry in the proper location. Show personnel will be available to answer questions and offer help if needed. Entries may be picked up after 4 p.m. on Oct. 1.
Aug 31, 2012
Due to the generous support of the following sponsors, there will be over $1000 in prizes to be awarded: Greenville National Bank, Jeannie’s Pooch Parlor, Financial Achievement Services, Granny’s Corner, Burr Oak Family Dentistry, Double M Diner, Hartzell Veterinary Service, Cratiques Antiques and Collectables, Making Waves, Dr. Craig Leland Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, McCabe Painting, Schultz Motors, The Winery at Versailles, Edgetown Veterinary Clinic, Hittle Buick GMC, Ridgeway Cleaning Service, Creations A Hair Studio, and Jeff Hole and Max. For more information, visit the club’s website at www.darkecountyphotoclub.com or call Jeannie Grosch, 548-6287.
Although her parents, Sean and Kristi Strawser have insurance coverage, it does not cover all of her care and the high deductibles and co-pays have mounted.
To help the Strawer family, fundraisers have been planned to help with the mounting deductibles and co-pays.
A Garage and Bake Sale will be held set Sept. 6, 7 and 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 501 Gray Ave. in Greenville.
A Spaghetti Dinner and Dance will be held Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, at the American Legion, 325 N. Ohio St. in Greenville. After dinner entertainment will be provided by Spittin’ Image and DJ Steve Erwin will provide the dance music. Tickets, $15, can be purchased at The Coffee Pot and Brenda’s Beanery.
Baskets include one from the Darke County Birders, containing field guides, bird feeders, seed and more. The Darke County Photo club donated a basket full of supplies you need for photos and plenty of accessories for you camera. The Old Thyme Gardeners basket contains gift cards from local businesses, tickets to their Fall and Spring Workshop, herb mixes and more. Several Veterinarians donated a basket fit for any dog lover which includes a certificate for a free exam, dog toys and many grooming supplies. The Darke County Canoe and Kayak Club donated a basket that any outdoor enthusiast would be thrilled to win, featuring the book 50 Hikes of Ohio, a dry bag, Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card, waterproof phone case, hiking stick and more.
All of the baskets and bicycles are now on display at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) and tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5) are available for purchase Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Darke County Park District. The drawing will be held at Prairie Days on Sept. 30 and you do not need to be present to win. Help support the Friends of the Darke County Parks and win an awesome basket full of goodies or a new bicycle!
|New this year are two bicycles, donated by Wal-Mart, to be raffled during Prairie Days.(submitted photo)|
Aug 30, 2012
Special soloist for the evening will be trumpeter and Greenville native John Slonaker, who will perform the wonderful trumpet solo Trumpeters Prayer.
Members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Disabled American Veterans will present the colors of our country.